Duncans in Pulaski Co. IL


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised November 17, 2004

Formed 1843 from Johnson


1850 Pulaski Co. IL Census
Pg.321, #347-354, Samuel SPENCE 62 Orkney Isl. carpenter $480
                  Debora 54 New Brunswick
                  James I. 23 NY carpenter $110
                  Samuel J. 14 NY
                  Hellen S.W. 10 IL
                  Charlotte DUNCAN 7 IL, Margaret 3 IL
                  Eveline OSMAN? (ORMEN?) 32 IL

1860 Pulaski Co. IL Census
P.O. Mound City
Pg.370, #287-261, Jas. Y. CLEMSON 38 IL furniture fac. $3000-$1000
                  Henreitta 28 OH
                  M.E. DUNCAN (f) 13 PA
                  Mary McDONALD 10 IL
                  (MAD: ? one Matilda Duncan mar. Dannie A. Echols 8/22/1869)
P.O. Valley Forge
Pg.378, #???-310, Lewis WILIFORD 22 TN blacksmith $0-$100
                  Emeline 24 IL
                  Elenora 1 IL
                  Stephen DUNCAN 45 KY wagonmaker $0-$0
                  (MAD: ? 1850 Saline Co. IL census)
P.O. Caledonia
Pg.407, #554-501, J.B. DUNCAN (m) 45 PA farmer $0-$50
                  (blank) (f) 40 PA
                  Orin E. (m) 16, Kitty (f) 10 PA
                  (MAD: wife Almira M. per Civil War pension appl. for son Owen E. Duncan)
P.O. Grand Chain
Pg.412, #587-532, Jas. M. HALE 40 AL brickmason $1400-$300
                  Charlotte 32 "BriAm"
                  Robert 11, Elizabeth 8, James 6 IL
                  Helen 4, Clementine 1 IL
                  Drusilla 60 SC $0-$100
                  Anna DUNCAN 17 IL
                  (MAD: one Charlott A.W. Duncan mar. Malcom E. Waite 1/27/1867)
Pg.417, #624-577, Andrew CALVIN 23 NJ farmer $0-$150
                  Ellen 20 IL
                  "Johathan" (m) 1 IL
                  Augustus (m) 14 IN
                  Margaret DUNCAN 13 IL

1870 Pulaski Co. IL Census
Twp.15 Range 1E, P.O. Caledonia
Pg.18, #893-893, McDONALD, Mary 37 PA at home $500-$400
                  DUNCAN, Elmira 40 NY at home $400-$0
Town of North Caledonia
Pg.29, #27-27, McDONALD, Mary 57 PA keeping house $500-$400
                  DUNCAN, Eliniar (f) 40 NY keeping house $400-$0
                  (MAD: same neighbors, different handwriting)
Twp.16 Range 1W, P.O. Mound City
Pg.85, #427-427, DUNCAN, Julia 37 KY BLACK keeping house $0-$0
                  Augustus (m) 14 KY BLACK works at mill
                  BRYON, Lewis (m) 13 KY BLACK works at mill
                  BRADFORD, Mary 20 KY BLACK at home
Mound City
Pg.103, #103-103, PRICE, William 26 TN dry goods & green? merchant (Ret), $1250-$5000
                  Lena (f) 21 OH keeping house
                  Flora 3 IL
                  Permila (f) 44 TN at home
                  DUNCAN, Joseph 12 AL BLACK servant


Mexican War Pension Application of Polly Womble Duncan for Service of Stephen Duncan (Researched and transcribed by Garland D. Vinyard, posted with his permission, his comments; partial; see Saline Co. IL for complete file)
      "MEXICAN WAR PENSIONS. ACT OF JANUARY 29, 1887. DECLARATION OF WIDOW FOR PENSION. State of Illinois, County of Pope} SS: On this 26th day of March, A.D. 1887, personally before me, clerk of County Court, the same being a court of record in the State of Illinois, a resident of Golconda Precinct in the county of Pope, in the State of Illinois who being by me first duly sworn according to law, deposes and says: I am the widow of Stephen Duncan, who served under the name of Stephen Duncan as a Private in the company commanded by Captain Michael Lawler, in the 3rd regiment of Illinois Infty, commanded by Col. Foreman in the war with Mexico; That my said husband enlisted at Shawneetown on or about the 1st day of June, A.D. 1846, for the term of one year; That I was married under my name of Polly Yewel to my said husband, by Reuben Land on or about the 15th day of Dec., A.D. 1857 at Independence Precinct, in the State of Illinois, and lived with my said husband from the date of my said marriage until the day of his death, to wit: the day he left my bed and board on 12 day of March, A.D. 1865, when my said husband absented himself and has never been or contributed to my support in the State of Illinois, and that I have not since remarried; That there was never any legal impediment to said marriage. No. 1. That my said husband, being duly enlisted as aforesaid, actually served sixty days with the Army of the United States in Mexico, in the war with that Nation, which service was as follows: In camp at Tampico Mex Lieut. Procter of Equality Ills. remembers of his having served in said "Co." at Ciro Gorda & Camorga and was discharged at New Orleans on the 21st day of May, A.D. 1847. No. 2. That my said husband was actually engaged in a battle in said war, to wit: in the battle of Ciro Gorda Mex, at Ciro Gorda highs, on the 18th day of April A.D. 1846, and was honorably discharged at New Orleans on the 21st day of May, A.D. 1847. No. 3. [left blank] No. 4. That I am 65 years of age, and that I was born on or about the 17th day of Nov., A.D. 1821, at Grand Pier, Pope Co., in the State of Ills. No. 5. That I am disabled by reason of Disease of Lungs general disability and emaciation was not incurred while I was in any manner voluntarily engaged in, or aiding or abetting, the late rebellion against the authority of the United States. And above 62 years old. No. 6. That I claim pension by reason of the fact that I am dependent in whole support upon these, not legally bound for my support, and that such dependence as alleged consists in this, to wit: house bed board and med. Attendance when sick. That I am not heretofore made application for pension or bounty-land. That in support and proof of my right to pension, I tender herewith, under the regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior, the following evidence: My husband received a land warrant and made application for disability pension in 1850, so he said, which he fails to prosecute - and the affidavits of Lieut. S. Procter, Equality, Col. James S. Readen, Cairo, Coleman Duncan & Valentine Duncan, Golconda and records at Harrisburg, Ill. That since the death of my said husband I have resided at the following places, to wit: at Golconda, Ills. That I am not laboring under any political disabilities imposed by the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Polly her X mark Duncan. WITNESSES: Robert Duncan, Thomas J. Trovillion, STATE OF Illinois, COUNTY OF Pope} SS: Before me Pevin V. Trovillion, a clerk of a court of record, on this 26th day of March, A.D. 1887, personally appeared Polly Duncan known to me as the person described in, and who executed and signed the foregoing declaration for pension as widow of good report for truth and veracity in the community in which she lives, who being by me first duly sworn, deposes and says that she has read (if claimant cannot read, read to her and so state in acknowledgement) the foregoing declaration and knows the contents thereof; and that all of the facts therein stated are true. Perin V. Tovillion, County Clerk."
      "DEPOSITION B, Case of Polly Duncan deceased, No. 577 O.W. On this 21st day of April, 1891, at near Mitchellsville, County of Saline, State of Illinois, before me, Edward P. Elliott, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mrs. Delila Duncan, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: My age is 74 years I am the widow of Thomas Duncan deceased and sister of Polly Duncan deceased the claimant. Residence near and post office address Mitchellsville Saline Co., Ills. I am four years older than my sister Polly Duncan who died about the 21st day of January 1889 at her son in laws Robert Bolden who lives about one mile and a half from Harrisburgh (sic) Saline Co. Ills. We were only sisters and daughters of Simon and Elizabeth Wamble and I married Thomas Duncan and Polly married his brother Stephen Duncan. I do not know the month but she was married to Stephen Duncan in this county, but it was in the year 1857. At this time I was living in Alexander County, Illinois. Stephen was in the Mexican War and was in the war about a year this was during his first wife's life time. His first wife was Maria Hill who was raised in the county and died some eight years before he was married to my sister Polly. My sister Polly had been married to a man named Alfred Ewall (sic) who died about the year 1848. She had seven children by Ewall (sic) but one whom is now living Julia Ann Bolden the wife of Robert Bolden. After my sister married Steven Duncan by whom she had one child named Delila who was married to this same Bob Bolden who afterward married Julia his daughter by her first husband. After their marriage they moved to Pulaski County near Allen Ills. then moved to this county and afterwards moved to Pope County Illinois near Golconda and there he deserted her as well as I remember about the year 1865. He was a man that was always fussing with his family and they did not get along pleasantly so he left her and went to work for a man named William Wilson who lived near Golconda Ills. He lived at Wilsons about one year then went off down the Ohio river in a Skiff taking his bedding and a sett (sic) of carpenter tools along with him and shortly after he left a big storm came up and it is supposed that he was drowned for he never had been heard of afterward. He had promised to write to Mr. Wilson but he never heard from him. He never applied for a divorce. Neither was she ever served with any papers claiming a divorce. She lived near Golconda Ills keeping house and working out up to about six or seven years ago when she moved up into this county living around with her relatives. Her health was bad and she was quite feeble and lived on the Charity of her relatives and friends. She had no money and left no estate whatever. I do not know how long she was sick or what physician attended her during her last illness. And do not know who attended to the payment of her funeral expenses or the expenses of her last illness. Not having seen her daughter or any member of that family since the date of her death and knew the date of her death from a letter written to the family by her daughter. I knew that Polly never remarried after being deserted by Stephen and do not know that she ever had a change to remarry. I knew these facts of his deserting her from what was told me by Polly and other members of the family. I have stated all due facts that I remember of in this matter. I have no procuring interest in the prosecution of this claim for a pension. My answers have been correctly recorded in this deposition. Coleman and Valentine Duncan brothers of Stephen Duncan and Ellen Turner a sister are all the members of the family still living. Coleman and Valentine Duncan live near Golconda Pope Co., Illinois and Ellen Turner lives near Springfield Illinois. William Wilson the man Stephen worked for after leaving Polly is dead. I believe that Coleman and Valentine Duncan were living near Golconda Illinois at the time Stephen deserted Polly in 1865 and will probably remember the facts better than I do. Delila her X mark Duncan. Witness to mark: Willie McCormick and Lucinda Duncan. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21st day of April 1891, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing. Edward P. Elliott, Special Examiner.
      MAD: see Saline Co. IL for complete file

Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, Oren E., mother Duncan, Almira M.; F 11 Ill. Inf.; 1868 March 7, Mother Appl. #158488, Cert. #150333. (MAD: Owen E. Duncan of Pulaski Co. IL per IL Civil War database)


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